Deborah Crossman was born and raised in a small, rural community in Central New York. “I’ve always been thankful for growing up in a rural area. The freedom to roam through woods and creeks has a unique way of fostering the imagination and soul of a child. Much of the work that I do now is rooted in that early love for the wildlife I was immersed in. I have a particular fondness for birds and I tend to incorporate bird imagery into much of my work. I’m fascinated by the visual metaphors that can be drawn from them, as well as the way they lend themselves to explorations in pattern, texture, and color.”
Crossman received her Master of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She also holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She spent 6 years teaching before leaving education to pursue her art. “I really enjoyed teaching, but it left me little time to work on my art. I knew I would always regret not dedicating more time to it.”
Crossman’s work has been featured in publications such as the Pastel Journal, The Artist’s Magazine, and in books such as “The Art of Conservation” and “Strokes of Genius 6: Value/Lights and Darks.” She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and Artists for Conservation.
Crossman currently resides in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Please email Deborah Crossman if you would like more information about any of the works depicted in her website gallery.